Loddon Mallee Project
In July 2018, Brain Injury Matters with DHHS ILC funding and with the support of Bendigo Health, launched the ‘Social Media, The Broader Picture’ project in Loddon Mallee.
The project goal is to take the training to the major centres in the area, Mildura, Bendigo etc. and train people with ABI how to use various social media platforms in order to stay connected with other people with ABI, access information and support and build their capacity to lead independent and productive lives.
Due to the rural nature of the area, access to support and resources is limited and there are few ABI groups. This along with the vast geographic nature, just under 59000 square kilometres, more than a quarter of Victoria, of the area also makes staying connected difficult for people living with ABI and their supporters.
ABI can, in itself be incredibly isolating, the added challenges created by the area act to compound this. BIM’s work seeks to alleviate this isolation within the ABI community, building communities and support networks within the region and potentially beyond.
Since July 2018, we have connected with numerous ABI groups and service providers throughout Loddon Mallee region, developed social media training resources for participants and service providers and trained 36 individuals and 21 service providers.